Starting Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, the Sam Ketcham Pool will be closed as the project transitions towards Phase Two of construction. The entire aquatic facility, including the original lap pool, pool change rooms and temporary fitness centre, will be closed for nine to 12 weeks. The rest of the Cariboo Memorial Complex will remain open with the ice arenas and Gibraltar Room operating as usual.
During the transition between Phase One and Two, the entire aquatic centre will be closed to facilitate the major mechanical and electrical changes required. Throughout Phase One of the Sam Ketcham Pool upgrade, the original lap pool has remained open while the new lap pool has been constructed. During Phase Two of construction, the new lap pool will open along with the improved change rooms, fitness centre, hot tub, sauna and steam room, while the original lap pool is demolished and converted to a leisure pool including a water slide and lazy river.
The goal remains to have the new lap pool, fitness centre, improved change rooms, hot tub, sauna and steam room open in the spring of 2017. After Feb. 6, 2017, the original lap pool will be closed until the upgrade project is fully completed. Construction on the Sam Ketcham Pool remains on target for full completion in the fall of 2017.
The Sam Ketcham Pool upgrade project is a joint initiative of the Cariboo Regional District and City of Williams Lake. For more information and regular updates, follow the project’s Facebook page at facebook.com/SamKetchamPool or Twitter feed at @SKPProject. Find further information on the Cariboo Regional District website atcariboord.ca and on the City of Williams Lake site at williamslake.ca.